Goodall Agri-Development Pathway

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is delighted to announce the Goodall Agri-Development Pathway, a new fully-funded training programme to support the development of farming’s next generation.

The Pathway will help young people to develop their skills and experience, improve their performance and prepare them for enhanced responsibilities as their career in agriculture evolves.

Details of this exciting new programme are explained below and applications for our first cohort of ‘Pathfinders’ are now being accepted.

Content and delivery

The Goodall Agri-Development Pathway is an annual programme with eight modules to complete. Modules will be delivered in a mixture of face to face and online environments, and feature farm visits, conferences and expert speakers. Some modules require overnight stays. Each module lasts between one and four days. Scroll down for a list of the module topics.


Learners (our Pathfinders) will emerge from this Pathway with the skills and experience to confidently progress their career ambitions. Following completion of the programme, a celebratory awards presentation will take place at the Great Yorkshire Show – for the first cohort, this will be at GYS in 2025.

Who can apply to take part?

This exciting opportunity is open to those aged 35 and under who work in farming and allied industries in the North of England. Applications are particularly invited from those who have not studied Agriculture to a high academic level, or who wish to refresh some elements of their time in education.

Selection process and timescales

There are 12 places available. Applicants will be interviewed by a selection panel before the end of January 2024 and will be informed of the outcome in February 2024. The first module is expected to start in March. Whilst places are fully-funded, a £250 deposit refundable upon completion of the Pathway is required to secure a place if your application is approved.

How to apply

Applications are now open. To apply for a place, complete the application form via the button below before the application window closes on 8th January 2024. To request more information, please contact the Charitable Activities team at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society by emailing

Pathway programme

Module 1 Knowing yourself and working in a team
Module 2 Navigating working relationships
Module 3 Sustainable business development and agri-marketing
Module 4 Leadership
Module 5 Basic HR
Module 6 Influencing and educating stakeholders
Module 7 Farm administration
Module 8 Diversification, innovation and change

Why is it called the Goodall Agri-Development Pathway?

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is grateful to the late-Mary Goodall, who kindly bequeathed a legacy to the Society to further its charitable aims to support young people in the agricultural industry.

The result of this kind gift is the Goodall Agri-Development Pathway: Her Legacy, Your Future.

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